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operatives in yemen and somalia than all of afghanistan. >> you they very well be right about the numbers. a formal affiliation with the call core in the tribal areas. these groups have always seen some strength in the alliances. where you see instability in places like libya and yemen and syria, you worry about al qaeda and its affiliates. in chaos, they can take advantage of that situation, those ungoverned spaces to recruit, train and plan. so all of these governments in chaos represent a threat for us. >> there's a new head of the international counterterrorism center. what do you know about matt olson? >> he's a career guy. he's worked across different disciplines. he served both at the fbi then and also later at the justice department and the national security decision. well respected by law enforcement, gained some national security and intelligence experience over at the department. don't know about his relationship with the president, but that's less important than the counterterrorism center. as a career official, heel have that. so he's probably a pretty good choice. >> a follo
is dead and we're told by a number of sources that al qaeda and afghanistan is down to a handful, perhaps two dozen or so. there are those in the presidential race that say we can get out a lot quicker than president obama thinks we can. is our mission done in afghanistan? >> no. no. >> why not? we got the folks that did it? >> our mission is not to capture and bring bin laden to justice, although that was a big part of it, and i commend president bush and particularly president obama for having carried it out. that was one of the high points of his presidency for which he will always get credit historically, whether he wins or loses re-election, and it was a gutsy decision, and he carried it out 100%. the mission in afghanistan is to create a stability there so they don't threaten us in the future, so that doesn't become again the breeding ground for attacks on america the way it was in 2001. we're not there yet. afghanistan is in a state of chaos and confusion, and not in a state where we can say in good conscience where we put it in a situation where we don't need to be there to protec
of afghanistan. >> that's right. we begin there where afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was found shot to death at his home. ahmed wali karzai was the provenÇal council chief of kandahar. he suffered gunshot wounds to his head and chest according to hospital officials. a spokesman for kandahar's government said a guard killed karzai. the taliban says -- >> we've seen the worst so far. excessive heat warnings and advisories posted in 23 states. the heat in many areas could reach 115 degrees. the heat wave is being blamed for one death in madison county, illinois. in oklahoma it was so hot, that part of a highway buckled. look at that. motorist was hospitalized after his bike hit the buckled pavement. in arkansas several communities have opened cooling centers. good rule of thumb in this heat whatever you're doing don't overdo it. >> if you're going to go outside in heat like this better be drinking a lot of water before you come out. make sure you have some substance in your stomach or you might be going to the hospital. >> it was hard to stay focused because it was so hot out. >> dehy
happens now. >>> fellow soldiers honor one of their own lost in combat in afghanistan. he was serving as an openly gay soldier. his parents are honoring his memory by fighting for same-sex marriage in minnesota. >>> when you enter the military, you have to take an oath to protect and defend the constitution. and to protect the country against foreign and domestic enemies. the enemy here is intolerance, misinformation, bigotry, probably greed. so as a soldier, that is what he was fighting for. >> i'll talk to them and a lawmaker in the state who wants to outlaw gay marriage. plus this -- ♪ that will never ♪ ain't no one going to love you ♪ >> boy, looks like a great time. one of the biggest music events in the country is in full swing in new orleans. we'll take you live to the essence music festival. >>> i'm don lemon at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. a lot of news, let's get you caught up. a tragic holiday weekend for a family in indiana. one boy is dead, and his older stepbrother now faces a murder charge. police arrived at the home near martinsville on thursday. the 6-
last act as commander of nato forces in afghanistan. he handed off authority to the new komd ander john allen. petraeus is retiring from the army at the end of the month. he will be taking over as director of the cia in september. >> that's right. the government not able to pay its bills is looming large they are morning. the clock ticks towards the deadline. 16 days now and counting. the president and congressional lead remember pecked to meet again this week. last week wasn't all that successful. at the same time, the senate will begin debating a scaled-back fallback plan. both sides say they are optimistic they will strike a deal. >> i'm confident cooler heads will prevail. at tend we will not allow the united states to default on its debt despite the fact some people think that would be okay. >> if the president keeps insisting on raising taxes on american workers, there's not going to be a deal. i do think, however, that republican leaders will not allow the country to go into default. >> president obama insists both parties must agree on a deal by friday in order for it to get pas
in afghanistan. the afghan army is short-staffed and learning to shoot as the u.s. tries to leave what a cnn crew found out on patrol in the mountains. >>> i'm ali velshi. nasa about to retire its shuttle program after friday's final launch. the space agency now looking into its past to help make a transition into its future on this "american morning." good morning. it's wednesday, july 6th. i'm christine romans. >> gla we are still talking about the casey anthony trial. what happens now? she could be a free woman tomorrow at her sentencing. committed on murder charges. after six weeks of testimony, nearly 11 hours of jury deliberations, it was not the courtroom climax that many seem to be expecting. >> as to the charge of first-degree murder, verdict as to count i, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. as to the charge of aggravated child abuse, verdict as to count ii, he w, the jury, found the defendant not guilty. as as to the aggravated manslaughter of a child, count iii, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. >> wow. the look on her face. just the look on her face as those count
the safety. >>> another gruesome story, this one is bad enough. an 8-year-old boy in afghanistan, the hanging -- he's been hang sfd. >> it is so sad and tragic. just the thought of it. the fact is that in helmand province there was a police officer and he was approached by insurgents and they asked him to hand over his police vehicle to supply them with the police vehicle. he said i'm not going to do that. they said, we're going to go after your son. they kidnapped his son and they hanged the 8-year-old and they killed him. the thing is that this raises again more questions in a country that's trying to establish its own autonomy. there are still intimidation factors in place, there's fear tactics for the average citizen to kind of back off. the thing is, hamid karzai came out, the president of afghanistan today, and he said -- he was really careful not to pin it on one group. he didn't say it was the taliban. he just called the killers terrorists. >> the drought in africa. horrific. >> this is an ongoing story for over a month now. imagine this -- like let's take the entire city of new york,
and more transparent. >>> general david petraeus hands over command of afghanistan. the outgoing top commander of nato forces transferred authority to marine lieutenant john allen. petraeus plans to retire from the army before taking over as cia director on september the 6th. >>> former south african president nelson mandela celebrating his 93rd birthday with his family by his side as birthday wishes pour in from around the world. here are a few of them. >> happy birthday. >> happy birthday. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday >> the united nations and nelson mandela have one request, asking each person to devote 67 minutes to helping others, one minute for every year of mandela's own service to humanity. 67 minutes. that's a challenge we can all rise to. >>> this typhoon is headed for japan. that's got workers scrambling to protect a reactor at yeah been's crippled nuclear plant. even though the typhoon is expected to strike well south of the plant, authorities say they are not taking chances. typhoon ma-on is expected to make landfall tuesday. >>> even by it's land's start
" reported last year by jason carroll. he's back in afghanistan with one of those soldiers, sergeant randy shorter. >> sergeant shorter was part of the surge who arrived last august. his one-year mission is nearly complete. jason is live from shirr rana in the northeastern part of afghanistan. happy fourth of july to you, nice to see you. >> and happy fourth of july to you. i'm going to bring in randy shorter right now. i have to tell you, we now have to refer to him as first sergeant randy shorter because he's since been promoted since the last time the two of us were together. let me bring you in here now. tell us about, what was it september, august, the last time i was with you guys? >> tell me what the past several months have been like? the taliban has been exerting its influence in the area. how has it been for you? >> for me and my men it's been quite busy. getting out there, getting after it. we've been steadily, you know, helping the afghan people here. we've been promoting a lot of projects, a lot of schools, getting out there every day. >> also, congratulations on that promotio
budget' get u.s. troops out of afghanistan and out of iraq and speaking of iraq, june has been the deadliest month for u.s. troops in iraq in two years. a fact not lost on the new secretary of defense. >>> a few minutes away from this. barbara, leon panetta will do things his own way and a little bit different. i love this. he is going to bring his golden retriever to work. >> reporter: there is bravo, the wonder dog, who we will introduce everyone to i'm sure the coming weeks and months. bravo is an absolutely gorgeous golden retriever! you see him there with panetta and mrs. panetta at a ceremony. this is just the world's most gorgeous dog! bravo went to staff meetings at the cia, around the secret hallways with the director when panetta was there. he is described by cia operatives as the only dog in washington with a top secret clearance. >> he is a bomb sniffing dog? >> can he do anything cool because he's a cia dog? >> reporter: not that we know of. other than sit around and wag his tail and look at you with these incredible big brown eyes. >> this is all fun and games unt
in afghanistan's air force. >> and are training in texas. ed lavandara has more on their history making mission. >> reporter: the passion and dreams of these four women easily cuts through their broken english. >> we are going to open the door for our laid niece afghanistan. it is a big deal for us to open the door. ladies that have dreams but can't do it. we want to show them. >> reporter: these laid reese lieutenants in the afghanistan military and have come to the united states to study english at the defense language institute in texas. it is their dreams of piloting helicopters that could help change the future of women in their homeland. >> these young ladies are path finders, trail blazers. and -- as such, they are subject to the criticism and antagonism of those that don't want to see the particular path. >> reporter: the soldiers say they are prepared for the scrutiny and are confident. >> the women of afghanistan, don't be afraid of anything. if you want to do something, you can do it. just believe in yourself you can do it. >> reporter: back home, these women are battling chauvanism.
country, why? well, they've been active in afghanistan, had a deployment there for several years, active in the libyan air campaign, the cartoon issue. also, what we're finding in scandinavia is groups themselves are coming together from denmark, sweden, and norway, different ethnicities gathering and meeting in mosques, and they are adjacent -- they're local to norway, sweden, denmark. know where the targets are. and saying a man who lived in norway, head of a very radical sunni group from northern iraq who was prosecuted because he'd threatened norwegian ministers because he was going to be deported. he said, you deport me and i get killed in iraq, the same will happen to norwegian ministers. so they do have this fringe in scandinavian countries of islamist militants. >> when i have questions about terrorism here, i often come you and ask you, you know, who these people are, what's going on here. in terms of who might be behind this, who do you think? >> it could be a whole range of groups. but the point is that al qaeda is not so much an organization. it's more a spirit for these peop
of the president of afghanistan created a sudden power vacuum in the birthplace of the taliban. today karzai attended the funeral, and wally karzai was one of the most power fful men. they say the shooter was asleeper agent of the taliban. it was a very emotional day for president karzai. >> reporter: yes, it has been a very difficult day for the president of afghanistan today. today he buried a brother who was his staunches ali in the country, and he buried a brother. mr. karzai arrived for the funeral in a helicopter and was joined by thousands of mourners. he was openly crying during the ceremony. he climbed into his brother's freshly dug grave. he was joined at the grave site by power brokers and others. >> any new details on the taliban's claims that they were behind this? >> reporter: this murder still remains buried in mystery. it seems that that's not necessarily clear if the shooter was asleeper agent. a team of investigators have landed in kandahar to try and find out. many of his relatives and friends have been arrested, but with the two witnesses in this -- the two main witnesses
. the first u.s. troops have left afghanistan. the draw down is under way. barbara starr is live for us at the pentagon. hey, barbara. >> good morning, soledad. the first of the 33,000 surge forces, in fact, yes, on their way home out of afghanistan now. u.s. officials are confirming about 650 troops mainly from the iowa national guard, left afghanistan on wednesday. they will not be replaced and that's how they're going to begin to achieve this draw down that president obama ordered. bring troops home as scheduled, don't send in new troops. soledad. >> the administration is jumping back into the don't ask, don't tell debate. what's happening now? >> well, this is really very interesting, but legally, a bit murky. the obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to suspend its ruling that would end enforcement of don't ask, don't tell in the u.s. military. what the obama administration says, it wants, is to keep to the new status quo, if you will, to follow that congressional law where the military will lift the ban on don't ask, don't tell. they're already working on it. they
projects. >>> general david petraeus handed over command of the war in afghanistan, and the fact the war is far from over is scored by violence. there was a killing of a district police chief and the deaths of four nato soldiers. and we are joined from the afghan capital, kabul. what did general petraeus say about the war he is leaving? >> reporte >> it has again been the greatest of honors to serve here, to witness the skill and valor of our troopers, and -- >> reporter: rannie, the former commander rejected on kandahar and he thanks his afghan colleag colleague, many of whom will be taking over as they transition authority for the security of many of the praufenses. and the full droudown is expected to take place by 2014, but incoming general, john allen, said he was cognizant of the tough road ahead, and he served in the surge in 2007, and comes at this at a critical time in the terms of the transition and the security in the country. what we have seen has been an interesting shift by what some officials describe is a shift by taliban and other militants in the southern eastern parts
, singled norway out. it's in afghanistan, it's part of nato. it republished the images of the prophet mohammed, which originally were published in a danish newspaper some years back. so many years why a group like al qaeda and other jihadist groups may want to come after a country like norway, brooke. >> i don't know if you were able to hear nima, but she was describing to me that some eyewitnesss there on the streets described a mangled car, perhaps the bomb, perhaps a car bomb. she also said perhaps it was inside the lobby of the building that housed the prime minister. as we said, he wasn't there at the time. this kind of thing would never happen on 10 downing street, but it's happening here in oslo. what do you make of the level of sophistication of the bomb? >> i think we're talking about a relatively high level of sophistication here. the carnage recalls the theme in 1998 of the u.s. african embassies that were targeted by al qaeda. this was a huge bomb that was exploded today. it seems to have killed, unfortunately, significant amount of people. also, coordinated attacks it see
by texting 223-60-text 1 for afghanistan's female voice, two for the last draftee retires, or three for the history of cocaine. winning story will air in the next hour. >>> well, the east is finally getting some relief from the heat this week. rob joins us with what is on the way. >> cooler temperatures at least for a couple days, suzanne. then i think we'll crank things back up. i want to put into perspective last week as far as the amount of heat for the week of july 17-24th. we had on friday the hottest day of the week, 745 temperature records, total records for the entire week, almost 4,000, unbelievable. guess what? we had more records yesterday. 100 degrees in raleigh. 100 degrees in atlantic city. wilmington, north carolina also seeing the century mark and pennsylvania and philadelphia seeing 98 degrees there so where are we going to see the hot weather today? across the southern plains of the central plains, dallas and oklahoma city, and parts of arkansas have seen 100 degrees plus now for over 20 days in a row. and the next five to ten days doesn't look to be any cooler. i
, mullah omar was dead. we're following the story. we go live to kabul, afghanistan. david, this one has got people wondering. what's going on? >> reporter: well, the news first broke by an afghan television station and then later in the day, cnn and other media received a message by an individual claiming to be a top taliban commander. that individual said that mullah omar had died of heart failure last week and a successor had already been named. the taliban, like you said, later came out and said they have been the victim of a hacking and their phones and emails have been tapped. in fact this message was phoney. cnn doesn't have any confirmation of the sort. we spoke with nato official and they have no operational knowledge on the ground. so the whereabouts of mullah omar are unknown. last believed to be in pakistan, where taliban militants have launched attacks across that border against troops down in the southern region. it's those southern and eastern regions of afghanistan that have experienced some of the highest levels of attacks. and this all comes at a very interesting time.
? look at that. a fight erupting in afghanistan's parliament. first, you saw the shoe go flying. then the water bottle goes flying. then punches are thrown. and that's between two female lawmakers before the colleagues finally pulled them apart. now, this followed a discussion about alleged rocket attacks in pakistan. that's something pakistan denies. in montana, the governor declaring a state of emergency in seven counties because of a ruptured pipeline that caused 42,000 gallons of oil to gush into the river last week. governor disagree about how widespread the oil is. the state says it has found oil 90 miles from the leak. now to ohio where a freight train traveling from cleveland to cincinnati leaked more than 1,700 gallons of diesel from its engine before anyone even realized it, crews are scrambling to clean up the mess. they say about 30 of those gallons spiel spiled in s spill when the train stopped on a bridge in downtown columbus. and the dow finishing in the green, up 56 points. let's go to allison kosik live at the stock exchange. i know we're going to get several jo
in september. they confirmed him on thursday. petraeus led the troop surges in afghanistan and iraq. in between, he led u.s. central command. >>> the nba joined the nfl today and locked out players. talks over splitting the nba's $4 billion in annual revenue, that collapsed. the league says 22 of its 30 teams are losing money. it wants players to take a pay cut. >> the goal here has been to make the league profitable and to have a league where all 30 teams can compete. >> a lot of our fans and people that follow our game, although we're not going to miss any games at this point still just don't like the prospect of a lockout. we don't like it either. >> the nba season is supposed to begin in late october. >>> the accusations made headlines around the world, but new information could shatter the sexual assault case against former imf head, dominique strauss-kahn. a source close to the case tells cnn there are serious issues with the credibility of the housekeeper who claims that strauss-kahn attacked her in a manhattan hotel room. now strauss-kahn's lawyers want him released. richard roth is in
and afghanistan, and i think history will show that we were right to get into those. and we've had fairly good results so far from them though they've been very costly. >> i just always think it's important to tlook at history to then bring us to the president. as we come back here to 2011 and specifically your role, sir, in this. i know you're a staunch conservative. are you able to lead the way and compromise and the tea party are watching your every move, sir? >> well, it looks like this is going to be thrown over into gsh if it passes, it will be thrown over to the finance committee and we'll see what we can do to do this without raise taxes but also by doing appropriate cuts that really should happen. and by reforming some of these programs so that they work better, cost less. that will be less government. >> a lot of americans would agree with you, but are you willing to compromise given that you're up for re-election and you have tea party republicans looking closely at you. >> they have to be worked out but they have to be made on a basis that makes sense and not raise taxes. we're tax
blocks, we all have in common and you look around these clips from afghanistan to iraq to california to copenhagen, wherever it is, and you see actually everybody is frightened of death, everybody loves their children, you know, so that sense of unity is very reassuring i find, many optimistic. i'm a pessimistic european. normally i think life miserable but this made me think life is pretty great actually. >> i hate movie critics. nobody ever writes about a movie why i would want to see it. if i'm telling my buddies why they should see this movie, what's the pitch is this. >> it is a time capsule of a moment on earth and it's made into a movie, almost 4,500 hours, made into a movie. it's a series of youtube clips. well, it's actually made to feel like it's 95 minutes long and you go on a journey, you start at midnight on one day and end at midnight on the next and you experience the world in that day and you laugh and you relate to characters and i think you cry a bit. i had a screen last night at the museum of modern art, people were in floods of tears, but they also feel uplifted b
tease ever. thank you. >> 31 minutes after the hour. >>> in afghanistan, the mayor of kandahar killed by a suicide bomber. officials say ghoulen ha dar was inside a meeting hall when the attacker detonated an explosive device inside his turban. >>> 21-year-old man in uzbekistan has been charged with threatening to kill president obama. the justice department says that the suspect was arrested in alabama earlier this month after obtaining a machine gun as well as grenades from undercover agents. officials say he was in the u.s. illegally, had a student visa that was revoked. he was indicted yesterday on four counts of threatening to kill the president. >>> and with six days until the debt ceiling deadline back to the drawing board for house speaker john boehner. he had to postpone today's vote on his bill because republicans want more spending cuts. the bill will not come to a vote until thursday u.s. wasn't they just wanted more, when they added up the bill didn't add up to what he thought it was supposed to. >>> in the debate over the debt ceiling and raising it and what to get in ex
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